Jackie Huang is a talented paper artist from Los Angeles. We contacted the author to ask some questions about her work: “The medium I use is something most people encounter as an everyday object – paper. I try to turn that ordinary object into something extraordinary. Something that asks the viewer to stop, to take a second look, and to think outside the box.
I first got into paper art through pop-ups. At school, I had been struggling with my drawing and painting skills for a while. I wanted rules and yes/no answers for things, but art doesn’t usually work that way. But when I found paper as a medium, everything clicked. I’ve always had a very good sense for 3D spatial reasoning so I found working with paper to be very natural.
Now, I use a variety of techniques to create my work – layering, quilling, paper engineering, etc. I don’t limit myself to a particular technique so I can explore and experiment.
I seek inspiration from lots of places – animation, fashion, stationery, packaging, and children’s books. The biggest inspiration though has been events from my own life. It may sound cheesy, but I think that’s when I create my best work. It’s when I can tell the story that no one else can tell”.
Anna And Elsa, Frozen
Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty and Ursula, The Little Mermaid
Belle, Beauty And The Beast
The Seven Dwarves, Snow White
The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland
Other works: Koala
Harry and Ron meet Aragog, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
The first pop-up I ever made
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